It’s Quitting Time in North Dakota

Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control across North Dakota are joining forces for It’s Quitting Time June 12-18 to encourage all cigarette, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette or vape product users in North Dakota to set a quit date.

This week-long awareness campaign brings attention to the dangers of commercial tobacco and nicotine dependence while encouraging users to seek help quitting from a healthcare provider, pharmacist, NDQuits or local public health. These entities can help develop a quit plan and provide tools and resources to greatly improve a tobacco user’s odds of success. NDQuits can provide additional support in the form of personal coaching and nicotine replacement therapy medication. Free nicotine patches, nicotine gum or nicotine lozenges are supplied to provided enrollees.

Tobacco and e-cigarette use is associated with several health risks, including many types of cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory illnesses such as COPD and COVID-19. E-cigarette use is also linked to E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), a serious respiratory illness that could be severe and life-threatening.

Despite declining tobacco use rates in North Dakota, 17% of adults in the state still smoke. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, smoking causes 1,000 deaths each year in the state and contributes to about $326 million in annual health care. Tobacco use is still a problem in North Dakota. NDQuits, Tobacco Free North Dakota, local health care systems and local public health units across the state are committed to reducing the toll tobacco has on our state.

To learn about resources available to quit tobacco and nicotine, visit health.nd.gov/ndquits. You don’t have to quit alone.

 

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